VR worlds have of course been, and still are, created in many different versions but it was the arrival of the blockchain and its expansive possibilities that offered the potential to have real-world integration.
One of the first blockchain worlds founded on Ethereum.
These Worlds have flourished since Decentralands ICO in 2017. The book and subsequent movie Ready Player One were influential at the time and the VR industry was pushing forward with lower-priced entry hardware. Crypto was at an all-time high and Decentraland attracted over $25 million in its initial crowd sale in 2017.
Launched in 2018, Voxels (formerly Cryptovoxels) quickly became the go-to hang-out for artists in the crypto-sphere. Developed by a small, passionate team, the possibilities for customizing the desired aesthetics for LAND are much more varied and open-ended than in Decentraland.
The graphic style is completely in voxels (like Minecraft) but the game is accessible directly from the web browser of a computer.
Somnium Space aims to create a metaverse focused on virtual reality. The total experience can therefore be experienced directly with VR glasses, although it is also possible to access the world of Somnium Space via a browser or an application to install.
One of a kind, The Sandbox is a metaverse where you can create video games inside each LAND. The rewards obtainable in the games are offered in $SAND, the in-game token that also serves as the overall currency for the ecosystem.